Aren’t these whales wonderful? They were created as a collaboration between Manly and Warringah councils, involving artists from the local areas, schools and other community members. This is the second year that the festival has included Weaving Bridges. Last year, the bridge between Manly and Queenscliff was decorated by woven sea creatures and it looked fantastic. This year we wanted to be part of the project.
I only went along to one of the workshops but then worked on our weaving at home. Drama King went to a few more with the Yuumii family, and then we were privileged to attend the opening ceremony complete with traditional smoking (to get rid of bad spirits and thoughts), music from a local Aboriginal group and by Uncle Bob Randall from Uluru, and speeches from many people including Susan Moylan-Coombs who founded the Guringai Festival.
The Guringai Festival celebrates the first people in the Northern Sydney area. The Weaving Bridges project took over 2 months to complete and the whales symbolise building connections between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, between different creative people and between the two councils Manly and Warringah.
The whales have been popping up in various places in both councils, and were mentioned not only in the local paper but also on NITV.
It was a great project to be involved in and I hope that we will be able to do more community activities soon.